Week 2 of the college football season is in the books. Here’s what we learned.
South Carolina may have found their quarterback
With Connor Shaw sitting out due to a shoulder injury, backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and 3 TDs in a win against East Carolina. Thompson isn’t the runner that Shaw is but he is the better passer and that’s the only way the Gamecocks are to be competitive, by passing the ball. It will be interesting to see how Spurrier handles his quarterbacks.
John L. Smith’s dream of becoming the permanent Arkansas head coach just went down in flames
Arkansas was upset at home against UL Monroe which will end the speculation on whether John L. Smith will get the nod after this season. The Razorbacks gave up 550 total yards in a game where star quarterback Tyler Wilson was knocked out due to injury. Smith can attempt to get his players motivated to turn the season around but it won’t start next weekend because Alabama is coming to town.
The Big Ten Only Has One National Title Contender
With Ohio State on probation, Wisconsin’s loss to Oregon State, and Nebraska’s loss to UCLA, Michigan State is the only title contender in the Big Ten. When Wisconsin struggled week 1 many people dismissed it as first game rust. But after Saturday’s loss to Oregon State, it looks like it much deeper than that. Michigan State is holding the torch for the conference at the moment with a big game looming against Notre Dame. By the end of September, the Big Ten could have no teams in the National title race.
Miami has a lot of work to do
I warned people about jumping on the Canes bandwagon after the performance they had against Boston College but I wasn’t expecting this. Kansas State dropped 52 points on the Canes who also couldn’t do anything on offense. Defensively the Canes are very young, but the offense has no excuses. They have too much experience on that side of the ball to not score a single touchdown. Hopefully this will cool everyone jets when it come to the Canes.
Whether it’s the Big XII or the SEC, Texas A&M is still Texas A&M
Texas A&M made a reputation of blowing leads and losing games late in the Big XII. Unfortunately for A&M fans, they took the first step in bringing that reputation to the SEC on Saturday.
After outplaying Florida for the entire 1st half, A&M was held scoreless in the 2nd half and lost their inaugural SEC game 20-17.
The Big Ten aint looking too good
Last week it was Big Ten favorite Michigan getting dismantled by Alabama and this week it was multiple teams losing to other conference members.
Penn State lost to Virginia, Wisconsin lost to Oregon State, Nebraska lost to UCLA, Iowa lost to Iowa State, and Illinois lost to Arizona State. And just for good measure Michigan barely beat Air Force.
It’s safe to say that Arkansas misses Bobby Petrino
We knew that it would be evident that Arkansas missed Bobby Petrino when they played the likes of Alabama and LSU. But we had no idea it would be evident against Louisiana-Monroe.
Well it was as the Razorbacks were shocked by the Warhawks 34-31 in overtime.
The seat under Gene Chizik is getting hotter
Things aren’t looking good for Gene Chizik. His Auburn squad is 0-2 and they just lost their SEC opener to Mississippi State.
Up next? Louisiana-Monroe. The same Louisiana-Monroe who just beat Arkansas.
Even if Chizik can rally the troops to beat a pesky Warhawks squad, things don’t get easier. After ULM, Auburn plays both LSU and Arkansas.
That seat will continue to get hotter.